Melbana (ASX:MAY) has been advised by its drilling contractor that its current work program is ahead of schedule and will begin moving the rig to Melbana's well pad within the next 10 to 14 days.

The independent oil and gas company has a focussed portfolio of high impact exploration, appraisal and development stage opportunities in Cuba, and the Bonaparte Gulf and Territory of Ashmore, and Cartier island regions in Australia.

Shares of Melbana Energy were up 13% at 2:46pm AEST.